Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


El Pollo Loco names chicken chain vet as CMO

Hector Munoz, previously of Church’s Chicken and Popeyes, assumes the top marketing spot at El Pollo Loco.


Ballard Brands adds to its C-suite

Bill DiPaola was named chief operating officer and Leslie Monson was named CMO of the operator of PJ’s Coffee.

The company has named Jim Ilaria to be his successor.

Jim Fris had served as COO for the company, which operates P.J. Whelihan’s Pub and others.

New research shows America is still on top, but with plenty of challenges.

Brian Cornell will take over for the retiring Robert Walter.

Sheamus Feeley assumes the new C-suite post at the growing eatertainment concept.

The first two days of the Global Restaurant Leadership Conference provided insights into a number of the dynamics reshaping the worldwide restaurant industry. Here’s a sampling.

The former COO becomes president of the casual chain just days after it was acquired by CraftWorks.

The four global leaders were presented with this year's GRLC Distinction Awards.